When I created my romance persona, C. D. Melley, I did it in honour of this woman...
This is a photo of my late Great Aunt Pat, who succumbed to Stage-IV lung cancer on June 8, 2013. At the time of her passing, I was in the process of planning my first romance novel; which eventually became The Prairie Fire Within. I had previously written the first two books in the Gary Celdom detective series under my real name; however, I wanted to use a pen name for my romance genre books. And as I was sitting by her bedside, wiping away my tears, and knowing her time on Earth was almost done, the name came to me: "C. D.", for a seldom used middle name of mine, Charles, and my actual first name, Douglas, and "Melley" as my Great Aunt Pat's maiden name.
Which brings me to my announcement...
This Monday would've been my Great Aunt Pat's 84th birthday, and I wanted to do something charitable to help honour her memory. So, I'm setting up a (very) small charity auction, I'm calling Words Against Cancer, to help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. How small? Well, let's just say, there's only one item for it, but I'm hoping to expand it in the future to include more items by talented independent authors. So, without further adieu, here is the one item that I will be auctioning off for the inaugural WAC auction...
That's right, I'm auctioning off a copy of my debut romance novel, The Prairie Fire Within. But, not only that, I will personally autograph the book, and ship it to you. Since I'm donating this personalized, autographed copy, I can guarantee that 100% of the winning bid will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
So, you're wondering, "C.D. (or Douglas.. I can go by either), how can I bid on this?" That's a good question, and deserves a good answer. So, here's how we're going to do it: we're going to do a "blind bid" auction. If you're interested in placing a bid, just e-mail your bid to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the auction item code: A001 in the Subject line. I will do my best to update the leading bid on a daily basis on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCDMelley, my Twitter account: @CDMelley, and right here at CeldoMelley.com. The auction will start at 12:01 am, Canadian Eastern Time, this Monday, April 7, 2014 and will run until 11:59 pm, Canadian Eastern Time, Sunday, April 13, 2014.
On behalf of myself, and my Great Aunt Pat, I want to say thank you for your support, and good luck in the auction.
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